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A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

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When Steve Howell first visited Mexico in November of 1981, he arrived armed with a strong background of birding in Britain and the Western Palearctic, and an even stronger enthusiasm for the diverse and exotic birds of Northern Central America. But he also arrived without an adequate field guide. Indeed, to his surprise, he found that relatively little was known (and even less written) about the myriad of bird species that inhabit the region stretching from the U.S.-Mexican border to Nicaragua. And so, after eleven years of research in northern Central America, and with the essential collaboration of Sophie Webb--a biologist and one of the most talented ornithological illustrators working today--we now have the definitive guide to birds of this fascinating region. drop rest as varied as the Laysan Albatross, the Blue-footed Booby, the Collared Trogon, even the rare Guadalupe Storm-Petrel.

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America is astonishingly comprehensive, covering the identification, status, and distribution of all 1,070 birds species known from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and western Nicaragua. No other book approaches the thoroughness of this unique field guide. Beautifully illustrated with seventy-one color plates and thirty-nine black and white drawings, the guide shows 750 species and includes many plumages never before depicted. Of special interest are illustrations of some of the most notoriously difficult groups to portray, such as raptors in flight, owls, and nightjars. In addition, superb, easy-to-read maps help the traveling birder locate particular--even rare--species, and the entries describing individual birds detail their appearance, voice, habitat, behavior (including nesting and eggs), and distribution. With the U.S. birder in mind, the guide also includes birds that can be seen north of the border, showing these American migrants on plates when they could be confused with similar Mexican species, thus enabling the birder to make quick and ready comparisons in the field. And, with readable and fascinating presentations of the natural history of Central American birds, this guide will be welcomed not only by seasoned birders, but by any traveler exploring the rain forests, coastlines, and deserts of Mexico and the Central American isthmus.

Sponsored by the distinguished Point Reyes Observatory in California, A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America is a wonderful addition to the library of birders, nature enthusiasts, and travelers alike. With its lavish illustrations, clear writing, and unprecedented range, it offers hours of compelling reading and pleasant browsing for anyone intrigued by the colorful diversity of birds and the wild, largely unspoiled world next door.

Synopsis:

Astonishingly comprehensive, covering the identification, status, and distribution of all 1,070 birds species known from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Northern Nicaragua, this definitive guide is beautifully illustrated with 71 color plates and 39 black-and-white drawings, showing 750 species, and including many plumages never before depicted.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [798]-823) and index.

About the Author

Steve N.G. Howell is a Research Associate of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in Stinson Beach, California.

Sophie Webb has been drawing and studying birds most of her life. She is also a Research Associate at the Point Reyes Observatory.

Table of Contents

Introduction Area covered

Geography and bird distribution

Climate and habitat

Migration

History of ornithology in Mexico

Conservation

Birding in Mexico and northern Central America

Using this book

Taxonomy

Molt and plumage

Outline of the species accounts

Family and Species Accounts

Appendices on extinct species, hypothetical occurrence, birds of Pacific Islands and Caribbean Islands, and additional species of eastern Honduras

Bibliography

Index

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mawoodworth, September 28, 2006 (view all comments by mawoodworth)
Have only seen book briefly, but have been told it is the best for birding in Mexico.
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Catherine Strating, September 26, 2006 (view all comments by Catherine Strating)
This book is the standard for birders in Mexico and Northern Central America. It is designed in the Peterson style with plates and brief descriptions in a color glossy section, and maps with details (ID, habitat, voice, etc.) in another. Illustrations are clear, have good color, and are large enough to display detail even on hummingbirds.

The draw backs are that it is heavy to carry around, and doesn't include plates of many migrant species. To have plates of all birds in the area you will have to carry a North America guide like Sibley or Birds of North America.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780198540120
With:
Webb, Sophie
Author:
Webb, Sophie
Author:
null, Steven G.
Author:
Howell, Steve N. G.
Author:
null, Sophie
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - Guides
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Life Sciences | Vertebrate Zoology | Ornithology
Subject:
Birds -- Mexico.
Subject:
Birds -- Central America.
Subject:
Nature Studies-Bird Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
bonded leather burgundy 9271RL
Series Volume:
11-68
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
71 color plates, 44 illus., maps
Pages:
1010
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.6 in 3.213 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Astonishingly comprehensive, covering the identification, status, and distribution of all 1,070 birds species known from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Northern Nicaragua, this definitive guide is beautifully illustrated with 71 color plates and 39 black-and-white drawings, showing 750 species, and including many plumages never before depicted.
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